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Provident - Create your own adventure voyage and bring along your friends and relatives

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
PR090618 Provident Brixham Brixham
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 6 Nights
09/06/2018 - 13:00 to 15/06/2018 - 13:00
09/06/2018 - 13:00 to 15/06/2018 - 13:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Whole Boat Price for 12 People Charter GBP £8700.00 GBP £7975.00
Voyage Description:

 

Charter your own Brixham Trawler and go where you want. (Subject to weather and safety.)

Provident based from Brixham has three main sailing grounds for a 6 day voyage.

The Three Sailing Grounds are;

  1. The Channel Islands
  2. Brittany
  3. South Devon and Cornwall’s wildlife

 

Your Choice

You and your group can decide in advance or at the start of the voyage where you would like to go. Please bear in mind that the skipper will attempt to follow your wishes but that sailing is always subject to weather and safety and the decision of the skipper is final.

Provident takes 12 sailing guests and the full price is based on £725 times 12. BUT if you charter the whole boat we discount the price by one berth to £7975 for 12 people.

She is a very seaworthy sailing ship and can safely sail you to many destinations with your help with the hands on sailing. None of the group need to have previous sailing experience but we suspect the group leader will need to have some knowledge to explain to her or his colleges.

 

Going with the flow..

A sailing voyage on Provident is a mixture of hands-on activity afloat, exploration ashore and pure relaxation. We aim to arrive at a new harbour or anchorage each evening after the day’s sailing. On all cruises Provident's highly-trained, friendly and professional crew are on hand to ensure maximum enjoyment and comfort.

Channel Islands

Alderney

Alderney is the Northern most of the Channel Islands and it has a large harbour with many military historic connections. Alderney is a quaint island with beautiful clean sandy beaches and more forts per square mile from many centuries, than you can find anywhere else. Alderney also has breeding colonies for Puffin and other sea birds.

Sark

Sark is larger than Alderney, with no cars, but lots of tractors! Horse drawn carts and bicycles are the mode of transport here, as well as on foot. Its a great place to explore, with friendly locals, and gorgeous scenery. 

Herm 

Herm is the smallest inhabited island within this small chain or archipelago, and is a delight. Absolutely no transport other than the odd quad bike or tractor. At high tide, it is a mere dot on the horizon. Low tide exposes gorgeous white sandy beaches. Not a place for the inexperienced navigator, but a great place to visit by ferry from Sark.

Guernsey

St Peters Port is the main town on Guernsey and has two large marinas and a busy port. There are stylish shops ashore and the whole town feels very cosmopolitan with international commerce evident. Not quite France, but not England either.

Jersey

St Helier is the main harbour for visiting yachtsmen, but there are also 3 others all close to the town centre. Going ashore can feel a bit like walking into the city of London with men wearing ties and other very unsalty clothing. There are lots of cafes and restaurants to visit, as well as a wealth of maritime and military history to discover.

Rugged Brittany Coastline to Explore

Boasting more than 2700 kilometres of coastline, Brittany definitely deserves its reputation as a sailor's delight.  The great diversity of landscapes and locations ensures this cruising ground offers visitors so much to see and do.

Extended voyages along the north-western Brittany coast means you get to spend an extra four days exploring this dramatic coastline. From her home port of Brixham, Provident is well placed to make the hop across the channel before working her way down the Brittany coastline visiting both well-known destinations and some of the more hidden gems our skippers have got to know over the years.

On these cruises a fixed itinerary is avoided, allowing you the maximum freedom to go with the weather, not fight it, and yield to the mood of the moment‚ whether to press on to a new destination that lies over the horizon, visit the bustling market at the latest port of call or just ramble ashore, swim and have a lunchtime barbecue on a quiet beach before getting under way for the day. 

Explore Brittany on a Brixham trawler

Granite Rose Coast & French Rivers

Brittany is due south from Brixham and has a wealth of great places to visit and explore, with several challenging entrances for a sailing yacht. Provident has visited the ‘granite rose’ coast for many years and is well known in the French harbours and ports – you can expect lots of interest from locals as you sail her into port. We might visit places like Paimpol or the deep winding rivers up to Lezardrieux or Treguier are a firm favourite and all within range. No matter where you visit, there’s always a warm welco me ashore and plenty of good restaurants and bars to sample.

The Ile de Brehat is one of Brittany’s loveliest islands. Brehat is made up of several islets around two small islands and has a fort, several tiny villages with pretty stone cottages and small stone-walled fields. The islands are lovely to explore by foot or bike. Further west is the Sept Isles which are uninhabited, and host an old lighthouse and colonies of breeding gannets and puffins.

 
Devon and Cornwall

Dramatic Headlands & Hidden Ports

Berry Head is the promontory protecting the old port of Brixham and Torbay is still a major anchorage.  During the blockade of France in the Napoleonic Wars a bad Westerly Gale would bring ships of the line scuttling back from the Biscay coast to shelter in Torbay. Today it provides a big expanse of sea to practice your first manouvres.  The coastline westwards to Dartmouth is dramatic with rocky outcrops and windy clifftops.  The entrance to Dartmouth reveals itself suddenly and if the wind is right you can sail into this steep sided valley until you are between the towns of Dartmouth and Kingswear.  A voyage further up the river to Dittersham to a tranquil anchorage near the 'Anchor Stone' is a welcome contrast to the bustle of town, with a nice pub ashore.


Salcombe Bar and Beaches

Alternatively you may sail first for Salcombe or Plymouth.  Salcombe has a sand bar at the entrance so wind and tide need to be right, but again you can sail into this deep drowned river valley with its golden beaches on either side.  There is nothing more pleasurable than sitting in a waterside bar looking at you beautiful vessel on a mooring, looking like a ship from a bygone era.

Plymouth & the Tamar

Dodging modern warships and submarines is a strange experience in a vessel built in1925, but there are plenty of signs of past history in Plymouth.  You might anchor in Barn Pool with the leafy Mount Edgcombe Country Park sweeping down to the waters edge.  Turnchapel has narrow streets between pubs that have welcomed sailors for over 200 years.  On the way into Plymouth on the Rame Peninsula  is the remote seaside village of Cawsand with a good anchorage in a westerly wind. 

Fowey and the Fal

Heading further west are the famous Cornish Harbours of Fowey and Falmouth.

Fowey with its narrow entrance and hill shoreline is a picture postcard sight that you can enjoy from the sea.

Wildlife at Sea

The remoteness of the Cornish coast this far west bring their own special reward to those who travel with us: Starry nights with no street lights; ocean sunsets, isolated lighthouses and tiny fishing harbours; cliffs sculptured by pounding winter gales; almost tropical white sands with sparkling mica sticking to your toes; woodlands stunted by the wind but with trees adorned with lichen (a sure sign of unpolluted air) and lush ferns and springs along the many coastal footpaths.

The Gulf Stream provides unexpected sightings of turtles, sunfish and more regular visits by dolphins (common, bottlenose and risso’s dolphin), porpoises, whales and giant basking sharks. Gales often bring in wheeling gannets, tiny storm petrels, guillemots, razorbills and even puffins.

Falmouth and its Estuaries

The Fal and Helford Estuaries are designated as Special Areas of Marine Interest. Breeding seals hide in sea caves and deep zawns. The drowned river valleys (called rias) have dense oak woodlands with branches sweeping down to deep green waters. At low tide the mudflats are home to egrets, curlews, oystercatchers and leggy herons—all the birds that go screech. At night you hear owls hooting in the moonlight, and a few guests have seen elusive otters in the early morning mists.

We have some world class dive spots locally due to the lack of major sediment bearing rivers, rich underwater ecosystem and wrecks, so it is well worth bringing a snorkel, mask & wetsuit in summer if you have mermaid (or merman) tendencies. Many of our anchorages are near interesting rock pools or eel grass, or maerl beds where seahorses hide.



 

Night Sailing Under the Stars

If you are recently converted to sailing or have maybe done a Competent Crew course and looking for your first offshore experience then this would be a good introduction.  There is plenty of challenge for experienced sailors - watch keeping as you cross busy shipping routes, understanding the lights of ships a night, helping with the pilotage and recording the ships progess in the ships log and on the chart.

Life on board Provident

On deck, Provident has few mechanical aids, and so teamwork is the order of the day. Technique is more important than strength, so everyone can join in under the expert guidance of the crew. No previous experience is required. Alternatively, you can just tuck yourself up in a corner with a good book - how much or how little you choose to do on your holiday is entirely up to you.

Quality Cooking at Sea

On all our voyages, our cooks will make you fresh delicious meals on board, whatever the weather. The chance to visit French ports means they can dip into the delights offered by French markets or seafood ashore.  Our berth price includes all meals but you are welcome to step ashore and enjoy a meal in a local restaurant (make sure you bring some euro’s with you). Provident has a bar with wine, beer and soft drinks (all at very reasonable prices) although you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish.

Voyage Itinerary and ports.

Due to the vagaries of weather, tides, safety considerations, ships and crew abilities (amongst other things) or mechanical problems Classic Sailing Ltd can make no guarantee of the itinerary of the voyage, including, joining ports, destinations to visit and leaving ports. Every effort is made to fulfil the itinerary for the voyage but the Captain’s or Skipper’s decision is final. Joining and end ports are hardly ever changed but where they are as much notice as possible will be given and ways sought to alleviate connection problems.

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